• Membership Meeting - Family Picnic

    Time: July 10, 2024 6:.30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Location: Wayne’s House

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The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. We are seeking men and women of all ages to join us in serving the needs of our community’s youth. Find out how to get involved by contacting us today.

Members

  • Enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of individuals who get things done and who embrace a similar optimistic mindset.

  • Develop new social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our communities and have opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Experience satisfaction from making a difference in lives of children as well as the surrounding communities.

  • Receive as much as they give!

Who We Are

We are local men and women who believe that the youth is the future of our city, state, and nation. We wish to give back to the community that gives so much to us!

What We Do

Our volunteer club raises and donates tens of thousands of dollars annually for local youth organizations. We support great programs in local schools, such as the Reading is Fundamental organization and outdoor education. We also support local sports and musical initiatives, including running a two month basketball program for more than 150 youth. For more information about the projects organizations the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is involved with, visit service projects page.

Latest News

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 6 PM at 56 Winding Drive, Deatrick Village Community Center, Gettysburg.  We had 15 members in attendance and 6 guests. Sam and Walt treated us to a dinner enjoyed by all. Brent opened with the invocation and President Dan welcomed all in attendance. 

Business Meeting: 

  1. Secretary’s Report: Approved. 
  2. Treasure’s report: Approved
  3. President’s Report: 
    1. Daryl introduced our Adams County 4—H director “Alexis Lansford”. Alexis coordinates the (19) 4-H clubs of Adams County. The ages of the youth involved range from 5 to 18 years old and they currently have over 300 active members. There are 19 Community Clubs and the Barlow 4-H Club had 2 members and leader Jenna Waybright joined us. They explained their projects and responsibilities that are required. They concluded their presentation by reciting the 4-H Pledge and Brent and I, as former 4-H’ers joined in with them.  
    2. Dan & Daryl are co-chairing the wine fest parking (fundraiser). Please keep September 7 & 8 available to help with parking. 
    3. Congratulations to Gary Rappoldt on his first grandchild. His name is Liam Jackson aka LJ. Gary and his wife will soon be visiting Australia to hold their grandson. 
    4. Welcome back Bob, it was wonderful having you with us again.  
    5. Walt reported that Fred is recuperating.  
    6. Finally, please consider we need a President and Vice President. Contact Dan ASAP 

 Old Business 

4. Optimist Basketball (Chair Brian Skidmore) 

5. Little League Baseball (Chair Al Parone) Little League baseball opened on 4/20. This year 120 participants will experience  little league baseball and 4 girls softball teams will be on the ball fields.  

6. Respect for Law (Chair Doug Miller) 

7. Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Parking (Co-Chair Dan & Daryl) 

8. Adams County Foundation Giving Spree (Chair Joe MacDowell)Date 11/7/2024 

9. RIF (Chair Lyne Aurand) 

10. Golf Tournament Fundraiser (Chair Gary Rappoldt)  

  • Our Fourteenth Optimist Tourney was held at The Links at Gettysburg on 5/16/24.  
  • After expenses our club netted a nice amount to continue the mission
  • Thank you Gary, for your hard work and thank you members for all of your participation and help. 

11. The Warrior Way Program ( formerly Stars) Held 3/27  

12. Brandon proposed sponsorship for youth basketball who supported Optimist Basketball with coaches and players. This will be addressed in our next budget.  

13. Brian had previously suggested a meeting to bring your adult child or friend as a prospective member. 

New Business 

  1. Activities and General Budget were presented and approved. 
  2. Need a President !!!  
  3. Need a Vice President !!! 

 Upcoming Dates: 

  • 6/19 Optimist Social 
  • 7/10 Optimist Club Picnic at Wayne & Sue’s 
  • 8/7 4th Quarter Zone Meeting, Gettysburg Hosts @ Lake Heritage Pavilion 
  • 8/21 Optimist Social 
  • 9/4 Optimist Meeting, location: Lake Heritage Pavilion 

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary     

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The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. Donate today to make a direct impact on Bringing out the Best in Kids.

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